View Full Version : Ron Guidry Wins 18th...August 25, 1978

08-25-01, 10:50 AM
With four amateur umps officiating, Ron Guidry posts his 18th win, beating the A's 7-1. Reggie Jackson's HR drives in his 1,001st career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.

For the record:
Major-league umpires staged a one-day strike in defiance of their union contract. Semipro and amateur umps were pressed into service until a restraining order forces the striking umpires to return to work.

Ron Guidry's Career Numbers:
Innings - 2,392
W/L - 170 - 91
ERA - 3.29

Career League Championship Numbers:
Innings - 22
W/L - 2 - 1
ERA - 4.03

Career World Series Numbers:
Innings - 32
W/L - 3- 1
ERA - 1.69

Although Guidry won over 20 games three times in his career, he is best remembered for having one of the greatest single seasons ever. He was 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA in 1978, won the Cy Young Award unanimously, and finished second to Boston's Jim Rice in AL MVP voting.

Guidry set club records that year in strikeouts (248) and consecutive wins at the start of a season (13). He called his Yankee-record 18 strikeouts against California on June 17 of that season "perhaps my greatest single thrill."

He started the AL East playoff game on October 2, 1978 against Boston and won 5-4 in what was "probably the most tension-packed game I ever played in."

Guidry was named TSN Player of the Year and Man of the Year and the Associated Press 's Male Athlete of the Year, and he made every all-star team.

His nine shutouts tied Babe Ruth's AL record for a lefthander.

Guidry's success and durability were attributable in part to the fact that he was an outstanding athlete. He won five straight Gold Glove awards (1982-1986) and was twice used briefly in the outfield.

Guidry was slow to recover from elbow surgery following the 1988 season, and he started the 1989 season on the disabled list before beginning a rehabilitation assignment in June at Triple-A. When he didn't impress the Yankee management with his performance at Columbus, he retired from baseball on July 12, 1989.

Ron Guidry Tidbit:
Not widely known by fans, Guidry was a good amateur drummer who kept a trap set at Yankee Stadium and once played with the Beach Boys during a postgame concert.